Kaleiçi (Old Antalya; map) is my favorite part of Antalya because of its Roman ruins and Ottoman mansions, picturesque narrow winding streets, yacht harbor ringed with restaurants, and quiet neighborhood lifestyle right at the heart of a sprawling big city.
Most non-beach things to see and do, including strolling and shopping, cafe-sitting and nightclub dancing, are in or near Kaleiçi.
Kaleiçi is divided into several mahalles(neighborhood districts). The name of the mahalle (mah-HAH-leh) is given in every hotel address, so paying attention to the mahalle can help you to choose, locate and get to your hotel.
This is the western district bounded byRepublic Square (Cumhuriyet Meydanı, with the dramatic statue) and the Grooved Minaret (Yivli Minare) to the north and the Roman harbor (Yat Limanı) to the west. It’s the most convenient location to the city center, bazaar district, transport
This is the district northeast of Selçuk Mahallesi and includes the landmark Kalekapısı and Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Camii(mosque). It’s also convenient to everything in the city center.
This district to the southeast of Selçuk Mahallesi and south of Tuzcular Mahallesi holds many of the cheaper boutique hotels and pensions. It’s closer to Karaalioğlu Park, and only a slightly longer walk from Kalekapısı.
—by Tom Brosnahan